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Alumnus of the Year - 2019

James Thering ’89 named Alumnus of the Year

The 2019 Alumnus of the Year says he doesn’t deserve the honor, but the credits have been adding up:  Two terms on the Sacred Heart Academy school board, years of fish fry service, parish festival support (including running a new corn-hole tournament in 2018!), assistance with the Alumni Reception each year, SHAgala volunteer, and more!  In earlier years he was a volunteer for the middle school football program, an SHA cub scout leader, and a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 1297.   James Thering ’89 (grandmother Ann Louise McDonald Thering ’26) says he’s just a “cog in the wheel” at Sacred Heart.  “You look around,” he says, “And you see others doing so much more.  Everyone at Sacred Heart cares about the Academy, and they are willing to pitch in and help.” 

James says he always knew what a special place SHA was, and knew he would want his kids to attend the Academy and experience a values-based education.  “I would not have wanted them to be anywhere else,” he says.  He and his wife Amy, married 22 years, have put three boys through SHA.  Nathan ’16 is finishing his junior year at CMU and traveling to Limerick, Ireland for a study abroad.  Twins Adam and Ben will graduate in May and head to careers in trades.  Both are already working in after-school jobs.

“I am thankful to my parents for the sacrifices they made all those years to send me, my sister and my brother to SHA,” James said, remembering his most-famous moment in school when he served as an altar boy for Monsignor Murray.  “I was on television,” he said.

James had other memorable moments.  "Who doesn’t in Mr. Durocher’s class?" he says.   James has also had many valuable mentors, including school board colleague and fellow parent Paul Bigard ’85.  “Paul’s involvement is exemplary,” James says.  “He has a positive outlook and finds valuable solutions for the school.”  James also mentions Terry Coughlin Sr. ’56, Don Hire, and others he works with at the fish fry (one of his favorite volunteer roles) because he says the dedication of those people is admirable.

The Class of 1989 will celebrate a 30-year reunion at Homecoming. James said he knows his classmates will be proud to return to the Academy.  They will find their small school “packs a big punch” these days.   “The STEM Lab is incredible, the safety and security measures are top-notch, and investments in technology have been put to good use,” he says.  “Grads and parents are connected and involved.”

Count James Thering among the connected and involved.  Congratulations, Alumnus of the Year!

 

 

 

 

Past Alumnus

Alumnus

Year 
Graduated

Year
Selected

Bill Sowle

1951

1979

John Verwey

1949

1980

Conrad English

1954

1981

Virginia McConnell Cotter

1934

1982

Nancee Kerin Fitzpatrick

1952

1983

Dr. Alfred Spagnuolo

1936

1984

Earl G. Hartman, Jr.

1966

1985

Jim Fabiano

1961

1988

Bill Ervin

1965

2003

Shirley Honeywell Sheppard

1949

2004

Pat Heintz

1973

2005

Fr. John Cotter

1965

2006

Charlotte Simon Voisin

1960

2007

Jim Epple

1959

2008

Bill Hauck

1979

2009

Joe and Deb (McDonald) Fox

1978/1981

2010

Bill Myler

1976

2011

Tim Bollman

1975

2012

Terry Coughlin

1956

2013

Keith MacDonald

1985

2014

Jeff McDonald

1979

2015

Paul Bigard 1985 2016
 
Andy & Julie (Flannery) Theisen

1978/1978

2017

Larry Campbell 1968 2018
 
 
 
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